Men dream of women. Women dream of themselves being dreamt of. So starts the 1972 documentary Ways of Seeing by John Berger. There’s plenty of things I dream of: the Mets winning the World Series, having Buffalo sauce on tap in my home, starting at centerfield for the World Series Mets squadron, having a sandwich or a cocktail named after me, the Misfits getting back together...Riot Fest organizers, are you reading my diary?
TWISTED METAL. "I'M ON THE COVER OF INKED MAGAZINE!" Kiley Brook exclaimed on her Instagram account (@kileybrookthomas). "This is a dream of mine and I want to thank everyone at Inked for helping making this come true!" Tattoo artist Jayce Cogburn broke our hearts by writing to Kiley, "So I was at the grocery store earlier and got stopped by your grandparents.
While most of us wait with bated breath for the dog days of summer to kick in, Ashley Michelle is already there. Every day is a dog day for this animal lover, model, fitness freak and pooch mom, along with her best friend and muse, Kain. “We are basically the same person," Ashley explains, “but he's a dog!
The movement in the artwork of Meggs is a societal call to action.
If a piece of art entertains you, the creator has fulfilled his or her role as an artist. If a piece of art makes you think, the creator has fulfilled his or her role as an artist. If a piece of art entertains you, moves you to think and inspires you, the creator has transcended the title of artist and has become a steward of mankind.
IS THE BAR TATTOO-FRIENDLY? Most definitely! All of my bartenders and my bosses have tattoos. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TATTOO? Can I just say my entire left sleeve? I really love it. It’s just a collection of neotraditional artwork that my artist Pete Taylor and I came up with.
Tell us about your cool job. I work as a painter/sandblaster at a shipyard. I’ve been doing it for the past five years! It’s definitely one of the most dirty and difficult jobs I’ve had. But I’ve learned a lot and it’s always entertaining to see the reactions of people who ask me what I do for a living.
Much like an American Traditional tattoo, a Stetson hat embodies the authentic spirit inherent in our culture. The hat maker is a patron of the arts which is why they asked Inked to curate a Handmade Art Project using Stetson hats. We sent Stetson’s Open Road Felt Western Hats to incredible tattooers and revered street artists, then they returned with their remarkable hats in hand.
Type “Ghostbusters 3” in Google and you’ll find countless articles from the last two decades teasing a sequel. Dan Aykroyd spearheaded most of the talk, always promising a third film but never delivering—it’s the epitome of “development hell."
GOOD CHARLOTTE “Life Changes” This song kicks off the Madden Bros’ new offering and will get things hopping. DIE ANTWOORD (FT GOD) “BUM BUM” Obviously it is quirky, obviously it is fantastic. MEGHAN TRAINOR (FT YO GOTTI) “Better” If you don’t like Meghan Trainor you can go fuck yourself with a hurricane-grade Maglite.
Flogging Molly sails the Atlantic with their favorite bands and a crew of lovable drunken pirates.
On any cruise ship that leaves any port, there is a mandatory lifeboat drill. Each passenger has to be accounted for to satisfy safety regulations. That goes for even the Salty Dog Cruise, the raucous three-day floating punk rock throwdown that sails from Miami to the Bahamas on St. Patrick’s Day, hosted by Celtic rockers Flogging Molly.
AMINA BLUE DIPS MORE THAN A TOE INTO THE WORLD OF HIGH FASHION.
What made you decide on the phrase “I Am the Influence” for your Instagram bio? I have influenced many people in many different ways. I receive emails and talk to people of all ages who tell me how I’ve contributed to changes they have made in their life, whether it be transitioning to a vegan lifestyle or young woman gaining confidence by seeing my posts and pictures.
The canvas has become an apprentice. One of our favorite Inked Girls, Refen Doe, is trying her hand at tattooing. We are stoked to see more and more women joining the industry, but before her portfolio is polished enough to warrant a spotlight in Inked, we provide a look at the tattoos that have inspired her to embark on the arduous journey from apprentice to artist.
Some are lucky enough to live by the shore, others have to break into an abandoned building with a kiddie pool. Either way, do not let geography dictate your mindset this wet, hot American summer. Swimsuits, tanks, tops, wraps and the “It Ain't Gonna Spank Itself” bottoms are all available at inkedshop.com.
The Descendents made some bold statements 31 years ago with the release of “I Don’t Want to Grow Up.” Firstly, they never matured, and they certainly didn’t let the music die. The Descendents join up with other incredible acts who are still rockin’ such as...are you ready for this?
Jun Cha built his legendary reputation by creating tattoos based on statues that are so remarkable they would look perfectly natural resting atop the Parthenon or alongside the works of Michelangelo. Looking at Cha’s portfolio is like taking an art history class filtered through the lens of Chicano-style tattooing, and the result is purely magnificent.
YOU HAVE A VERY UNIQUE STYLE, WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK? I’d say my main inspiration comes from Europe and Australia. The way they approach their work is different to the usual way you’d see in Americana tattoos. I like the use of weird and crazy color combinations.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SHOP EXPERIENCE LIKE? My first shop experience was different for me in the sense that I was pretty much thrown into an artist’s position without any real apprenticeship. Not long after I was brought on as a shop helper, my employer left the shop and I was left in his station.
ONE OF YOUR SPECIALTIES IS COLOR, DO YOU HAVE A METHOD THAT HELPS YOU TO ACHIEVE SUCH RICH COLOR? My specialty in color comes from studying color theory and applying what I learn by practicing with colored pencils and oils. I tend to work slowly in order to build up my color saturation which creates minimal trauma to the skin or paper.